I keep having these arguments with the “others” about the real value of using Web 2.0 services. In saying Web 2.0 services I refer to social networking and bookmarking, content sharing, blogging, writing comments, podcasting, using sessmic, twitter and more. Everywhere that you can have friends, followers or someone that you can follow.
What that I’m interest in is getting the questions below answered and if possible with some examples. If I get some good ones I will be tempted to post those in a a follow-up post.
I’m not looking for something like “Steve Ballmer is following me on Twitter” or “I beat Sergey Brin playing Scrabulous on Facebook”. It is not about having a lucrative network or high traffic blog. It is about the end result – gaining a real tangible value.
I hope that with your help I can finally stop this debate. So please – Show me the money – UsingIT.
1. Did you get a new:
Job interview or offer, deal, invite to speak (for money)?
2. Did you sell more:
Product, services or ads?
3. Did you mange to get more participants coming to:
Paid event, seminar, party?
4. Did you get a new:
Date or a new meaningful relationship (a friend) outside the Web ?
5. Any other way to capitalize on the social digital world.
On the contrary: did you have a bad experience using these services?
I know that there are lots of other ways to enjoy this activity and I don’t dismiss the value of those. This time I’m looking for value that can be presented, quantify and is related directly to the new way of self marketing using social network.
Your help is crucial. Please use comment to answer.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Albert Einstein
What if Mr. Einstein was a blogger? Can you imagine that? Was his blog buried somewhere under math and science in digg?
In my first post I mentioned few types of bloggers and the Web 2.0 blogger in particular. Two post from then as I look closer I see that it is actually divided further to additional subtypes and I already mentioned the Leader. In this post I plan to focus on the imaginative blogger.
My plan is to post one more piece about inspiration to demonstrate an additional subtype. I will be happy to get examples of inspiring bloggers if you have any (I have two already). Then I plan to take a stub at patterns discovery that correlates with each one of the mentioned types (… oh boy!) . The end game is defining a model that may be useful finding leads for upcoming great bloggers, as I said it previously, by looking beyond their blog. And maybe a final post about the value of this information.
So, now to imagination. I will start with my understanding of imagination. I love time travel stories (I’m not sure that these are really the best but a good enough list). I love them because of the endless possibilities that opens up by removing just one single constraint such as the continuity of time. It really gets my imagination going (if I only bought APPL in 2003 knowing what I know today).
Living well with a constrain like in the 140story featured (by @Joshua Rothhaas) in Twitter shows good imagination as well.
In other cases imagination has to do with unique observations; seeing things or the lack of (and naming them) that other don’t notice like Seth Godin who was desperately looking for a single Purple Cow in the meadow.
I’m sure that there are many more forms of imagination exercised by an imaginative blogger online and offline.
Does your stream of thoughts in Twitter and the unique way using it shows imagination? Does the way you tag indicate a different mind set? Is a high likeness score in Facebook is a good or bad thing?
Please let me discover what I don’t know that I don’t know yet.
I won’t dive into the definition of leadership I’m not pretending to be an expert in this subject although I read more than few books, I also went to few leadership training and seminars to be able to recognize one. For the sake of this post I will define leadership simply by saying that a leader is someone that spur change(s).
Example of changes:
- On a large scale:
- Negative (& offline)
- Event: Facebook Worldwide president
- Change: I’m not sure if this is the end of the story yet but without the leadership acts of the “president” it won’t become such an event
- A reminder to the journalism space about checking the credibility of your sources
- Online & Offline
- Jeff Pulver – impact: fending VOIP from FCC regulation
These examples are for famous dramatic changes but there are so many different changes that happen all the time when blogger leaps to leadership.
So, how do we discover this potential as early as possible and monitor it. One’s blog is just the tip of the iceberg and not enough to uncover upcoming leaders. We can only use it as a lead (prospect) for further research.
Will we be able to track their progress, accomplishments and influence looking beyond their blog?
In this post I did not describe how to do so i.e. what can we learn from changes in the data (see first post in this series). I’m still developing the idea and working to identify the key factors. I do see a strong correlation with being active in the offline world but not yet convinced that this is essential.
See you in the next post.